Coming Soon: A New Version of the SAT

Created: 03/06/2014 5:47 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Changes coming in 2016 to the SAT:
- No more extra penalties for wrong answers.
- Essay portion will be optional.
- Top score will be 1,600 with a separate score for the essay, compared with today's possible total of 2,400.
- It can be taken in either paper or digital form.
- It will include a passage drawn from "founding documents" such as the Declaration of Independence or from discussions they inspire.
- Calculators will be permitted only on certain portions of the math section, not on the entire section.
- Students will be asked to analyze both text and data in real world contexts instead of answering questions that don't require that.
- Vocabulary words more widely used in classroom and work settings will replace more obscure vocabulary words.
- Essays will measure students' ability to analyze evidence and explain how an author builds an argument, not just students' ability to construct an argument.
- The math section will draw from fewer topics instead of a wide range.
Source: College Board.

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College Board President David Coleman attends an announcement event, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Austin, Texas where College Board officials announced updates for the SAT college entrance exam.
Photo: AP/Eric Gay

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